Coleraine hurt by last-gasp winner

Coleraine's Clare Adams heads upfield after disposessing an Elk's player.  Photo by David McDonald.
Coleraine's Clare Adams heads upfield after disposessing an Elk's player. Photo by David McDonald.

Coleraine XI travelled to Ulster Elks 2s to battle for the semi final place in the plate stages last Friday.

Both teams started well and had early chances. Coleraine got an early short corner which was quickly turned over by Elks and with fast pace, Elks got their first goal to make it 1-0.

Coleraine attempted to hit straight back and with great skill from Kelly Watt down the right side, she passed the ball in for Zoe Purdy and Kitty Dickson who exchanged passes in the attacking circles, but were denied by the goalie.

Coleraine’s defence pushed up hard to help attack, with some great play by Alice McGill working the goalie again.

However, it was Elks who struck again with a long ball, which beat the Coleraine defence to take a 2-0 advantage into the break.

In the second half Coleraine fought back to forge their way into the game. A great ball from Alice McGill beat the Elks defenders to leave Zoe Purdy in a one-on-one situation and she made no mistake to pull a goal back.

Coleraine continued to work hard and Purdy added a second to level the scoreline, but Elks then piled on the pressure to retake the lead for 3-2.

Undeterred, Coleraine pushed in search of an equaliser and Kitty Dickson latched onto a wonderful through ball before beating the ’keeper to make it 3-3.

With two minutes to go, Elks struck a hammer blow when a deflected shot crept into the Coleraine goal for 4-3 and there was no way back as Coleraine suffered a frustrating defeat.

Player of the match: Becky Lockhart.